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Monday, July 27, 2009

Law Firm Names: Use of the term "Associates"

Law firms must have at least two lawyers in them in order to use the word “Associates” in their name, and at least three lawyers to use the phrase “& Associates,” according to a Minnesota legal ethics opinion (Minnesota Lawyers Professional Responsibility Bd., Op. 20, 6/18/09).
Sole practitioners must refrain from including the word to describe their practice, the board said, because it would convey the impression that the practice has more attorneys in it than is actually the case. Use of the term "Associates" is also improper if the lawyer is merely sharing office space with other lawyers.

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